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Bulls fall short of MAC East title

The stage was set for the Buffalo football team to reach its first Mid-American Conference championship since the 2008-09.  

But on Friday afternoon, Bowling Green (9-3, 7-1 MAC) had other things in mind.

The Falcons outscored the Bulls (8-4, 6-2 MAC) 21-0 in the second half en route to a 24-7 victory.

Senior linebacker Khalil Mack led the Buffalo defense with 12 tackles and tied Jason Babin’s FBS record of tackles for a loss.

Sophomore quarterback Joe Licata threw for 221 yards and an interception while senior wide receiver Alex Neutz snagged six balls for 66 yards.

Player of the game: Senior linebacker Khalil Mack

It was another impressive showing for senior linebacker Khalil Mack, who has been nothing short of impressive this season.

Mack finished the game with 12 tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss tying Jason Babin’s FBS record of 75.

With the 2013 season coming to an end it looks as though Mack has solidified himself as a premier pick in the upcoming National Football League Draft in April.

Turning Point of the game: Bowling Green takes the lead with 10:07 left in the third quarter

On 3rd and 12 from its own 35 Bowling Green quarterback Matt Johnson found wide receiver Shaun Joplin on a 23-yard touchdown pass to take a 10-7 lead in the third quarter.

The Falcons took complete control of the game at this point and held off any offensive threat and outscored Buffalo 21-0 in the second half.

Key Matchup: Joe Licata vs. Bowling Green pass defense

The Bulls’ passing offense hit a snag against the No.1 ranked pass defense in the conference as they totaled 221 yards passing on the day.

For the first time this season  Licata was unable to find the end zone as Neutz was held to six receptions for 66 yards while his counterpart Fred Lee snagged five receptions for 50 yards.

Bowling Green remained stout downfield and got the best of Buffalo on the day.

He said it:

"Thank you to all of our fans who have supported us this year, hopefully we have one more. I couldn't be more proud to be a UB Bull. #Buffalove." -- Joe Licata via Twitter after loss to Bowling Green on Friday

What’s up next?

Although the Bulls aren’t heading to Detroit, Mich. For the MAC Championship game, their eight wins make them bowl eligible.

Buffalo will have to wait until ‘Selection Sunday’ on Dec. 8 to find out what bowl game they will be playing in.

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